WASHINGTON, DC, Nov. 21, 2019 (Press Release) -American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) President and CEO Heidi Brock issued the following statement in support of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) final Risk Management Plan rule, announced by EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler on November 21.
“Our manufacturers are committed to providing a safe workplace for employees and the communities around their facilities as demonstrated by AF&PA’s Better Practices, Better Planet 2020 sustainability initiative. We thank the EPA for supporting our industry’s ability to further this work by taking steps to improve manufacturing efficiency, reduce environmental impact and enhance safety – all of which will go a long way toward protecting our workers and safeguarding the public.”
The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) serves to advance a sustainable U.S. pulp, paper, packaging, tissue and wood products manufacturing industry through fact-based public policy and marketplace advocacy. AF&PA member companies make products essential for everyday life from renewable and recyclable resources and are committed to continuous improvement through the industry’s sustainability initiative — Better Practices, Better Planet 2020. The forest products industry accounts for approximately four percent of the total U.S. manufacturing GDP, manufactures nearly $300 billion in products annually and employs approximately 950,000 men and women. The industry meets a payroll of approximately $55 billion annually and is among the top 10 manufacturing sector employers in 45 states.